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Saturday, July 19th, 2014

Facebook and Politics in Zimbabwe: Who is Baba Jukwa?

Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, is buzzing with the arrest of Edmund Kudzayi, editor-in-chief at the Zimbabwean Sunday Mail. Together with his brother Phillip Kudzayi, the editor stood accused of administrating the faceless online personality known as “Baba Jukwa.” Since early 2013 the popular Baba Jukwa Facebook page has been posting allegations of scandals and corruption, mainly

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Political Theater: ‘Breakfast with Mugabe’

"Breakfast with Mugabe," on extended run Off-Broadway in New York City, is set in Zimbabwe in 2001, on the eve of national elections. Based on newspaper reports of the time that alleged that Robert Mugabe had turned...

Sunday, December 8th, 2013

Malawian intellectual Thandika Mkandawire: The death of Mandela marks the triumphant end of Africa’s liberation struggle

It is difficult to write about Nelson Mandela without sounding sycophantic or as if engaged in uncritical hero worship. Mandela’s stature and personality left little room for other sentiments other than those of profound admiration and gratitude....

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Zimbabwe is a Victim of Outsiders’ Fantasies

In 2008 or so, I registered for a Masters degree at Wits University with a rather interesting research component that I never got to finish. My thesis was to be an examination of the coverage of Zimbabwe...

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

Campaigning: Reporters Without Borders

The new Reporters without Borders’ campaign reminds me of this International Society for Human Rights campaign (same ad agency?), but their appeal is clear. And so is their message. More here.

Friday, October 14th, 2011

The news about land reform in Zimbabwe

Land reform and Zimbabwe; say those words in any order and you get a reaction. It obviously was a failed and atrocious attempt of a corrupt leader who bribes people to vote for him and then still...

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Wole Soyinka on Robert Mugabe

An except from a speech in June at the New York Public Library in which the great writer Wole Soyinka links the following figures: Harlem’s Father Divine; the Yoruba diety Shango; Mohamed Bouazizi (the Tunisian street vendor who set himself on fire...

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

New Documentaries

Some of the films in The Encounters Documentary Film Festival which kicks off its 13th year in Cape Town and Johannesburg today (till June 26), that I hope make it over here sometime: “When China Met Africa”...

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Buy Zimbabwe on eBay

Actually old Zimbabwe dollars. It’s a fad and collectors are paying thousands of US dollars for it. The Wall Street Journal.

Friday, May 13th, 2011

‘It’s voom-VURE-ay’

A week or so ago, on May Day, the sport section of The New York Times featured a short profile of a sports development program from Zimbabwe that has successfully placed “about 150 athletes in American universities in...

Saturday, April 16th, 2011

In Zimbabwe, Mugabe monitors Facebook comments too

Vikas Mavhudzi remains in detention more than a month after his arrest for comments he made about President Robert Mugabe on the Facebook page of opposition leader and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai. He was arrested...

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

The Elephant in the Room

Will the “global” furore over GoDaddy CEO’s canned elephant hunt really lead to a boycott of his company? Last week when Bob Parsons, CEO of the Internet domain company boasted of his latest kill, and posted pictures...

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

“You no longer need your calculators to go for lunch in Harare”

As 42 opposition activists were facing treason charges in Zimbabwe for watching video footage of the Egyptian democracy protests, the Financial Times sent Alec Russell, its comment and analysis editor, down to Harare to interview Morgan Tsvangirai,...

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Lupe Fiasco And Black Presidents

UPDATE: I’m eating crow.  Earlier today I posted an excerpt from an interview with the Chicago rapper, Lupe Fiasco, who gained some fame with his “Kick Push” song. Setting up the post, I noted that Fiasco generally has decent...

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

Gaddafi like ‘… a depressed Nigerian grandmother at a wedding’

One of the myriad references thrown into this part-imitation, part-rant by sharp, madcap British comedian Charlie Brooker (on his BBC show), of the Brother Leader, Muammar Gaddafi’s most recent utterings, style, as well as of Gaddafi’s son,...

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Scared dictators, pt.2

The International Society for Human Rights‘s new campaign. Via Osocio.

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Zimbabwe Now

Via Patrick Bond: Last weekend a group of Zimbabwe scholars–organized by University of Kwazulu-Natal School for Development Studies PhD student, Showers Mawowa, and University of Johannesburg professor David Moore–met in Zimbabwe’s second city, Bulawayo, to discuss political and...

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Mugabe’s a Chicken

I don’t care much for Cape Town group Freshlyground’s muzak. But you can’t deny the cleverness of the video for their new single, “Chicken to Change.” They recruited the puppets–especially Robert Mugabe–from the intermittently funny, online South...

Monday, April 26th, 2010

“Trade” between Iran and Zimbabwe

The talks about trade opportunities between Iran and Zimbabwe during a visit to Zimbabwe by the Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, is all just bombast and hides other sinister political motives (like vote buying in Zimbabwe’s elections by...

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

Nicholas Kristof wants it both ways

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof has an op-ed in the paper today about the political crisis in Zimbabwe that is full of the usual clichés with him as daring journalist hero. He had to disguise himself...

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

Re: Julius Malema

By now you’ve seen some version of this footage–in this case from a South African TV channel, ETV–of the events earlier today when Julius Malema, the leader of the ANC’s Youth League, kicked a BBC journalist, Jonah...

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

John McCain ‘prints his soul on Zimbabwe Dollars’

Jon Stewart, on last night’s “The Daily Show,” unpacks the maverick politics of John McCain, who is engaged in a tough re-election bid against a Tea Party candidate in Arizona and has been flip-flopping on...

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

Links

It’s Friday so here’s some links and stories I have managed not to give the proper treatment to this week. * What’s Jeffrey Gettleman problem? This week he has a story in The New York Times about...

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

Gazelle

This is not a post about Die Antwoord. Gazelle (Xander Ferreira) first came attention with his infectious single “Verlore Seun” last year and in his videos dressed in his faux African dictator garb.  Who did not sing...

Friday, March 26th, 2010

‘Pigs and Dogs’

This is depressing: State radio on Friday quoted President Robert Mugabe saying that Western rights groups have called for constitutional reforms to include gay rights. He calls that “insanity.” Same-sex acts are illegal in Zimbabwe. Mugabe once...

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Bling Bling

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

China Pays for Mugabe’s Birthday Bash

China threw a birthday bash for Life President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe. The Washington Post

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

PHOTOGRAPHY / “PORTRAITS OF POWER”

In September this year over five days, Platon, the New Yorker staff photographer got many of the world’s leaders to sit for him while they were here for a meeting of the United Nations. You can check...

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

MORGAN TSVANGIRAI IS A BRAVE MAN

“The Atlantic Monthly” just added to the history of useless lists with its new “Brave Thinkers” list, published in the latest issue of the magazine. “Twenty-seven people with courageous ideas … that are shaping our future” reads...

Monday, October 19th, 2009

THERE ARE APPARENTLY NO GOOD LEADERS IN AFRICA

Remember Mo Ibrahim’s prize for “good governance” awarded annually to an African leader? The winner gets $5 million over 10 years and $200,000 annually for life thereafter. Previous winners have included such prudent politicians as Mozambique’s Joaquim...

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